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50 Plus: Flowering Fall Annuals for the Garden

October 10, 2011

It’s time for color. And lots of it. Grey skies and short days are oftentimes depressing. Color in the landscape  can change how one feels. Beauty, as scientists have proven, draws people to react with a smile. Hearts skip a beat and spirits rejuvenate.

Plant annual seedlings now, before the ground gets too cold and hard, in areas where color is most visible from inside the house, alongside paths and the driveway. Below is a list of colorful annuals to help rejuvenate landscapes, minds, and spirits.

Please note that availability of the following autumn annuals in local nurseries will vary. Depending on the zone and micoclimate, many of these will continue through winter.

ES – F:  Early summer to fall                 LS – F:  Late summer to fall

White flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Ageratum Houstonianum ‘Summer Snow’ Flossflower ES – Fall All
Antirrhinum Majus “White Sonnet’ Snapdragon ES – Fall All
Asclepias Fruticosa Milkweed LS – F 14-24
Cobaea Scandens ‘Alba’ Cup-and-saucer Vine ES – F All
Helianthus Annus ‘Italian White’ Sunflower LS – F All
Iberis Odorata Candytuft ES – F All
Nicotiana Sylvestris Flowering Tobacco ES – F All

Yellow flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Gazania Linearis Gazania LS – F 8-24
Mentzelia Decapetala Mentzelia LS – F All
Mentzelia Laevicaulis Mentzelia LS – F All
Oenothera Biennis Evening Primrose ES – F All
Oenothera Erythrosepala ‘Tina James’ Evening Primrose ES – F All
Sanvitalia Procumbens ‘Gold Braid’ Creeping Zinnia ES – F All
Tagetes Erecta ‘Primrose Lady’ Marigold ES – F All
Tropaeolum Peregrinum Nasturtium LS – F All

Orange flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time  
Eschscholzia Californica ‘Aurantiaca’ California Poppy ES – F All
Ipomoea Quamoclit Cypress Vine, Star Glory LS – F All
Sanvitalia Procumbens ‘Mandarin Orange’ Creeping Zinnia ES – F All
Zinnia Angustifolia Narrow Leaf Zinnia ES – F All

Red flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time  
Amaranthus Caudatus Amaranth LS – F All
Cleome Hasslerana ‘Cherry Queen’ Spider Flower ES – F All
Cuphea Ignea Cigar Plant ES – F 16-17, 21-24
Ipomoea Nil ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ Morning Glory LS – F All
Salvia Coccinea ‘Lady In Red’ Texas Sage ES – F 14-24
Zinnia Elegans ‘Big Red’ Common Zinnia ES – F All

Pink flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Catharanthus Roseus ‘Tropicana’ Periwinkle ES – F All
Celosia Cristata ‘Pink Tassles’ Cockscomb LS – F 8-14, 18-19
Cleome Hasslerana ‘Pink Queen’ Spider Flower ES – F All
Diascia Barberae ‘Pink Queen’ Twinspur ES – F All

Purple flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Antirrhinum Majus Snapdragon ES – F All
Cobaea Scandens Cup-and-saucer Vine ES – F All
Ocimum Basilicum ‘Dark Opal’ Sweet Basil LS – F All
Pennisetum Setaceum ‘Rubrum’ Purple Fountain Grass LS – F 8-24
Salvia Splendens ‘Laser Purple’ Scarlet Sage ES – F All
Verbena Bonariensis Vervain ES – F 8-24

Blue flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Ageratum Houstonianum ‘Blue Horizon’ Flossflower ES – F All
Cynoglossum Amabile Chinese Forget-me-not ES – F All
Salvia Farinacea ‘Victoria’ Mealycup Sage ES – F All

Mixed flowering annuals:

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time Zone
Alcea Rosea ‘Pinafore Mixed’ Hollyhock LS – F All
Centaurea Cyanus Bachelor’s Button, Cornflower ES – F All
Coreopsis Tinctoria Calliopsis, Tickseed ES – F All
Gomphrena Globosa Globe Amaranth ES – F All
Gypsophila Elegans Baby’s Breath ES – F All
Lobularia Maritima Sweet Allysum ES – F All
Mirabilis Jalapa Four-O-Clock ES – F 4-24
Nemesia Strumosa ‘Cardinal Mixed’ Nemesia ES – F 15-17, 21-24
Nicotiana Alata ‘Nikki’ Jasmine Tobacco ES – F All
Pelargonium Peltatum Ivy Geranium ES – F 8-9, 12-24
Salpiglossis Sinuata ‘Bolero’ Painted Tongue ES – F All
Xeranthemum Annuum Everlasting LS – F All
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4 comments

  1. Good Monday Morning Dianne:

    Wow what a fantastic list of flowers…

    I forwrded this article to my daughter,Kourtney, who has this past year found the love of gardening…

    Kourtney’s lifetime of arthritis has made it difficult to find something that can spark a passion, but, Gardening has done that…

    Her yard and love of life has greatly improved..She too, is enjoying the time and effort that you put into each beautifully written article..

    Thank you for inspire all of us….

    Kisses Kim

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    • What an inspiring testament for others to discover and pursue their passion. Thanks for sharing Kim.
      Bernadine, lets us know when and what ‘peeking’ colors you’ve chosen.

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  2. I agree with Kim. Great information for all intrested in gardening and a helping people make the most of their lives through your postings. Looking forward to some ‘color’ peeking through my garden greenery consisting of palms, ferns, cacti and succulents. My flowering hanging baskets applaud you.

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  3. great list! thank you for posting 🙂

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